American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Sports An arena for equestrian shows.
- n. An open-air stadium with an oval course for horse and chariot races in ancient Greece and Rome.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In classical antiquity, a place, more or less embellished by art, in which horse-races and chariot-races were run and horses were exercised: sometimes applied to a modern circus.
- n. In sporting slang, a race or other athletic contest in which it is arranged beforehand that a certain contestant shall win; a mock or fraudulent race.
- To conduct races, equestrian, pedestrian, or aquatic, or other contests, in which the result is prearranged by collusion between the managers and the contestants, in order to make gain through betting, etc.: in allusion to the prearranged or perfunctory races in a hippodrome or circus.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Gr. Antiq.) A place set apart for equestrian and chariot races.
- n. An arena for equestrian performances; a circus.
- n. (Sports), Slang, U. S. A fraudulent contest with a predetermined winner.
- v. (Sports), Slang, U. S. To arrange contests with predetermined winners.
- n. a stadium for horse shows or horse races
- From Latin hippodromos. From Ancient Greek ἱππόδρομος, from ἵππος (hippos, "horse") + δρόμος (drómos, "course"). (Wiktionary)
- French, from Old French ypodrome, from Latin hippodromos, from Greek : hippos, horse; see ekwo- in Indo-European roots + dromos, racecourse. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Horses were sometimes introduced, but then the hippodrome was the course.”
“In his gardens and chariot-racing center, called the hippodrome, almost a thousand people were brutally murdered.”
“A hippodrome, with sun, moon, and stars to referee!”
“That was the only time he penned me, -- three days of it, -- but after that the hippodrome never stopped.”
“This delightful anthology of prose and poetry, mostly homegrown but with contributions from Pliny on the magnificence of the box hedges cut into a thousand animal shapes in his Tuscan garden (with hippodrome), the 9th-century Frankish monk Strabo on the cultivation of dung heaps, and Thomas Jefferson on his ever-expanding vegetable patch, is the perfect companion for weeding, dead-heading, pricking out and mulching.”
“Read it properly to revel (or reveal for the slow of speech) in its secrets and secrete properly your resigns on the public amphitheater floor, run in the hippodrome your best horses and sail your vessels (vassals?) under the loving eye of the goddess.”
“But Hezbollah fired so many volleys of rockets from the nearby orchards that it feared reprisal bombings against the crowd that would gather to bury the dead in the open field by the ancient hippodrome.”
“Through a temple the walkway led to a vast hippodrome.”
“The adventurer, armed only with a hand-ax, trails the beast and traps it in a small valley like a hippodrome, perhaps five miles around, and runs the beast for two months, not allowing it to eat, drink or sleep, until it "fell to whimpering and crying like a baby.”
“It's a view from the breakfast room of the Hotel Spectra, looking across the old Roman hippodrome to the Mosque of Sultanahmet, better known over here as the Blue Mosque.”
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